Google’s Palestine domain was down on Tuesday after it was hacked Monday in
protest over a Google maps reference to “Israel,” Al-Arabiya
The webpage on Tuesday featured only a banner of text saying
“Uncle google we say hi from palestine to remember
you that the country in google map not called israel. its called
Palestine,” a statement said on the Google Palestine homepage.
statement was signed by Virtual-Hackers’ Dod, Hij@ker, alzher, Mr–AnarShi- T,
toxico-dz. The hackers also provided the link to the website of Palestine Anger
Google’s public relations executive for the
region, Ramy Kandil, told Al Arabiya in a statement that “there was an issue
with the DNS registry in Palestine. As a result, some users going to
google.com.ps and a few other web addresses were redirected to a different
website. This issue appears to be resolved.”
“Google services in
Palestine were not hacked. Users on different domains around the world are
redirected to their local Google domain if they enter ‘google.com,’ so it may
have appeared to some users in Palestine that google.com was
affected. Google.com was not hacked,” Kandil added.
In May, the
tagline on the homepage of Google’s Palestinian domain was changed from
“Palestinian territories” to “Palestine.” Israel’s deputy foreign minister Ze’ev
Elkin reportedly sent a letter to Google at the time, saying that recognizing
the existence of a Palestinian state is a mistake and could “also negatively
impinge on the efforts of my government to bring about direct negotiations
between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.”
“I would be grateful were
you to reconsider this decision since it entrenches the Palestinians in their
view that they can further their political aims through onesided actions rather
than through negotiating and mutual agreement,” Elkin added.
Saidam, adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, reportedly
commended the move, saying that this move was “a step in the right
“Most of the traffic that happens now happens in the virtual
world, and this means putting Palestine on the virtual map as well as on the
geographic maps,” Saidam said in statements to the BBC.
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